Trip Start Mar 28, 2010
33Trip End Jun 25, 2010
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In the morning we finally found a petrol station that would sell us a vignette and then 5 minutes later passed a police checkpoint where they were checking them – lucky! The previous night we took stock of how much time we had before Sail Croatia on the 22nd and how many more places we want to go beforehand – it seems we are destined to be doing a lot more big days of driving
We would have liked to spend a night in the area but we had to get back on the road and keep going – next stop Varna on the Black Sea. We found ourselves a really cheap room in a 2 star hotel at the Golden Sands beach resort. Being spring the resort was pretty much a ghost town and there were definitely more people working than enjoying themselves but we still really liked the place. The resort must have about 50 large hotels and at least 100 glitzy bars (even an Eiffel tower one) as well as shops and casinos in a tiny area and in summer it must be something else
There are almost as many police checkpoints in Bulgaria as there are in Albania and we got stopped twice within an hour of leaving Varna. The Bulgarian motorways were another interesting experience, driving at 130 km/h is nothing new for us now, but every now and again the road surface would without warning become potholed beyond belief. The first time we came to a bad section we thought driver of the car in front of us was having a heart attack the way he was swerving at high speed, but seconds later we also saw the foot deep craters waiting to crumple our car. The best surface was on the shoulder so for the most part everyone drove on the shoulder only venturing onto the road to overtake. On more minor roads potholes were less of a danger because we were going slower but we instead had to contend with hundreds of horses and carts moving along slowly at the edge of the road.
We eventually got to the Danube and crossed a giant bridge into Romania.